Point spread favors Wolfpack in battle with Terrapins
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Maryland Terrapins Odds
In a clash of, at least for the moment, ACC contenders, 4-2 Maryland hosts 4-2 North Carolina State Saturday afternoon in College Park (3:30 pm ET, ESPNU).
The Terps, 2-0 in ACC play after a win at Virginia, were early four-point home dogs vs. the Wolfpack, who had last week off after upsetting Florida State.
Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Wolfpack in this one found them as 4.5-point favorites on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Terrapins - Wolfpack odds would favor the Wolfpack if the lines were set according to power ranks. Maryland is rated No. 72 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Wolfpack sit at No. 68. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 30-24 win for the Wolfpack.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Maryland's No. 101-ranked offense (21.8 PPG) against a Wolfpack defense that ranks No. 34 at 20.5 PPG. The Terrapins passing attack has averaged 196.2 yards per game, less than the Wolfpack give up through the air (268.5 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Wolfpack feature the league's No. 7-rated road run defense, allowing 60 yards per game. Maryland, meanwhile, ranks No. 120 in rushing offense at home.
North Carolina State was a 17-16 winner in their most recent outing at home against Florida State. They covered the 17-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (33) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Wolfpack grabbed a Week 6 victory over the Seminoles in their last game, winning 17-16 at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Maryland was a 27-20 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Virginia. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (47) made winners of OVER bettors. The Terrapins grabbed a Week 7 victory over the Cavaliers in their last game, winning 27-20 at Scott Stadium.
North Carolina State Wolfpack Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 8-2
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 5-5
Maryland Terrapins Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 1-9
When playing within the conference are 3-7
A few Wolfpack at Terrapins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina State's last 6 games when playing Maryland
North Carolina State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Maryland
Maryland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against North Carolina State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Maryland's last 6 games when playing North Carolina State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Maryland's last 6 games when playing at home against North Carolina State
Maryland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
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